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Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves

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Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves

Publication date 1937
Publisher Paramount Pictures
The classic Arabian adventure, adapted for Popeye and Olive Oyl. Cartoon originally produced in 1937 by Fleischer Studios, now in the public domain.

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Reviewer: surfvh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2007
Subject: A great, old Popeye cartoon!
This is another of the three, long Popeye cartoons from the 1930's. The other 2 are Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp and Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor. This has more than the usual number of crazy comments by the characters and strange transformations by Olive Oyl. This is what made the Popeye cartoons more popular than Mickey Mouse back when they were both competing for playtime at the theaters.

The version available here has some Famous Studios splash screens and some really bad music at the very start, but they can be snipped off easily if you have Quicktime Pro, or some other video editing software because the rest is the original cartoon in all its intriguing glory. This is one to watch over and over because there is so much happening every second of the film, you just can't catch it all in one run-through. Savor this cartoon. It's vintage Popeye!
Reviewer: dani305 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2006
Subject: now a popeye fan
This was awesome! The best Popeye I've seen so far. I'm now a Popeye fan.
Reviewer: Therby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2006
Subject: Popeye...
Still great stuff!!!
Reviewer: Tibor153624 - favoritefavorite - April 25, 2006
Subject: Popei
Dies ist ein test.
Reviewer: rmills - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2006
Subject: Love These Fleischer Bros. Cartoons!
This Popeye (and Popeye as Sinbad the Sailor) used an interesting animation technique developed by the Fleischers:

Disney had invented the multi-plane animation camera stand, which allowed them to achieve stunning depth-of-focus effects. in direct competition with Disney, the Fleischers decided they needed a similar gimmick.

Their answer was to create a miniature set on a rotating turntable, and to then mount the animation cels on a pane of glass that stood between the camera and the miniature set - shooting straight across instead of pointing down at the cel - thus creating the illusion that the animated character (Popeye) was actually standing within this three dimensional world. When the turntable was rotated - one frame at a time - it created an outstanding depth of focus and parallax perspective.

The Fleischer's used this technique in quite a few of their animations, including those featuring Pappy. An amazing analog innovation.
Reviewer: Expate - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2006
Subject: Across the generation gap
I can still love these old classics after over 50 years!The timelessness is attested to the many hours of enjoyment shared by my wife,myself,children and grandchildren.

Reviewer: specs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 19, 2005
Subject: he is what he is
I've enjoyed these older popeye cartoons {flescher bros.} for many years. This is my favorite for reasons that if you listen to the dialogue of Popeye's aside comments, you realize that they are quite funny usually funnier than the banter between characters ie. when entering the cave saying and doing tippy toe tippy toe.
A treasure to behold and download like forty thieves' loot.
Reviewer: terracesider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 15, 2005
Subject: All time great
Yes, this is possibly the best Popeye ever made and cetainly one of the all-time great cartoons.

Don't be put off by the poorish print. I converted the 256mpeg4 to DVD and I've had much worse results.

The inimitable voice characterisations are priceless; ditto some of the gags.

The only problem is that you can't get Bluto's song out of your head for the rest of the day.
Reviewer: John-boy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 28, 2005
Subject: Poor quality copy
However, this is one of the (if not THE) best Popeye cartoons ever made. Truly hilarious. Just too bad that the quality of the copy is so poor. Loaded with compression artifacts and color bleeding, also badly out of focus. Wish the Internet Archive would look for a better copy.
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